Health Services

          

Significant Service     

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Significant Service

“I was feeling discouraged, and a bit overwhelmed at the end of the week, but my coworker, Doctor Jeff, made the comment, ‘since yesterday we saved five lives. We had an impact.’ I realized that I was making a huge difference as a nurse for Bible translation.”
                                                                           —PNG clinic nurse, a Wycliffe member.

Health difficulties are a fact wherever you live. A big difference for many missionaries serving overseas is that instead of a quick drive to the emergency room, or a next-day visit to a specialist, the nearest health care might be a 5-hour drive away in the next city or a 4-hour flight into the next country.

Wycliffe members with medical backgrounds are another crucial part of the support system that keeps translation teams on the job. The services provided in the clinic in Papua New Guinea include family and emergency medicine, some lab services, a pharmacy, a dental clinic, ultrasound service, and when needed, coordination of medical evacuations—from remote areas to the clinic, or from Papua New Guinea to Australia. Clinic staff also provide medical advice by short wave radio or telephone to remote field teams around the country. In the past, when staff had been available the clinic provided physical therapy, and orthodontic services. The clinic also provides outpatient services to a large local national population.

Healthcare is a universal need, and is greatly valued in the mission field where health services are scarce. Would you like to make a difference using your time, skills, and abilities?

Professional Considerations

At least 2 years in clinical practice is recommended. The applicant should know CPR, Basic First Aid, and gain knowledge in tropical diseases, malaria, rabies, etc. All applicants must complete a Technical Evaluation and keep a current license.

There are 3 clinics in the USA that serve members currently in the USA. They are located in Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX and Waxhaw, NC.

The clinic in Papua New Guinea serves expats and nationals alike. Medical staff there are challenged with a much wider range of issues than would typically be seen in a small US medical practice. In most other places where Wycliffe members work, their medical needs can be met by national medical services. There is often opportunity to use a background medical training to serve local needs no matter what the assignment.

Issues to consider

Issues that could keep you from serving or could stall your journey are things that we really want you to prepare well for. Are you ready? Are you living a disciplined life in preparation for a marathon in the spiritually dark and physically challenging places to work on earth, but where God can be glorified and people transformed?

The issues we see most frequently contributing to failure to launch or failure to succeed while on assignment are at the link below. Please count the cost now and prepare well! We are praying for you and would love to walk with you on this journey.

Nuances of the job in different areas of the world

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